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[fool-hahr-dee] /ˈfulˌhɑr di/
adjective, foolhardier, foolhardiest.
recklessly or thoughtlessly bold; foolishly rash or venturesome.
Origin of foolhardy
1175-1225; Middle English folhardy < Old French fol hardi. See fool1, hardy1
Related forms
foolhardily, adverb
foolhardiness, noun
impetuous, headlong, heedless, incautious. Unabridged
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  • Moreover Hugh knew that the half-breed lad was far from foolhardy and must have good reason for what he was doing.

    The Secret Cache E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • But the fear and confidence of the coward or foolhardy or madman, on the contrary, are base?

    Protagoras Plato
  • In this game of taking desperate chances, many a wild player lost, many a foolhardy one never reached the shore.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Then what a pretty fix he would have got himself into, just by a foolhardy freak!

    Potts's Painless Cure Edward Bellamy
  • "You may think so, but really it is a foolhardy proposition unless you have very clever guides with you," replied Mr. Waterman.

    Bob Hunt in Canada George W. Orton
British Dictionary definitions for foolhardy


adjective -hardier, -hardiest
heedlessly rash or adventurous
Derived Forms
foolhardily, adverb
foolhardiness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French fol hardi, from fol foolish + hardi bold
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Word Origin and History for foolhardy

early 13c., from fool (n.) + Middle English hardi "bold;" hence "foolishly brave" (see hardy). Cf. Old French fol hardi.

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